American military instructors arrive in Ukraine

About 300 American paratroopers have traveled to Ukraine for a six-month training mission, the US Army has said in statement. They will be training the Ukrainian National Guard, which is fighting the pro-Russian rebels.

The US troops from 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived this week to Yavoiv in western Ukraine to train three battalions of Ukrainian soldiers, the US Army said Thursday.

“We will be conducting classes on war-fighting functions, as well as training to sustain and increase the professionalism and proficiency of military staffs,” Maj. Jose Mendez, operations officer for Italian based paratrooper brigade, said in the statement.

The training for 900 National Guard soldiers is set to last six months, with the Ukrainian and American troops conducting joint exercises. Ukrainian National guard is a reservist force predominately out of former Maidan-movement participants and under command of Ukraine Interior Ministry.
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